Ahmadinejad Names 3 Women to Cabinet

But female ministers are hardliners, unlikely to please reformers
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2009 5:37 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his inauguration speech to parliament during his swearing-in ceremony for a second term as president, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today he would nominate three women to join his cabinet, reports the Guardian, attempting to soften his image after the brutal crackdowns following his disputed re-election. The decision is significant in a country where just eight of 290 MPs are female. But the two women whose names have been announced are hardliners and unlikely to please reformists.